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Calculus problem with Summation I think?

  1. Oct 27, 2011 #1
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    A line of buckets numbered 0,1,2... extends indefinitely to the left with an elephant behind each bucket. Initially, all of the buckets are empty but then peanuts start falling into bucket 0 at a rate of one per second for 2^12 seconds. Whenever 5 peanuts accumulate in a bucket the elephant behind the bucket picks up all five, eats four, and places the remaining one in the bucket immediately to the left. When there are no more peanuts to be eaten, how many peanuts remain in each bucket?
     
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  3. Oct 27, 2011 #2

    Dick

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    No, it's not a calculus problem. Try working it out for small numbers of peanuts. Doesn't it remind you of addition in arithmetic base 4?
     
  4. Oct 28, 2011 #3

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    Sorry, typo. Make that base 5.
     
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